The singer was sued by country singer Andy Stone, co-author of a song of the same title
The plagiarism lawsuit against Mariah Carey for ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has been closed. The singer was sued in June for copyright infringement by country singer Andy Stone, who claimed he co-wrote a song of the same name five years earlier. After claiming $ 20 million in compensation, Stone has now dropped the charge.
A must in any Christmas playlist, Mariah Carey’s mega hit is one of the best-known holiday songs of all time. Despite sharing a title, the two songs are musically different, but Stone complained that Mariah Carey didn’t ask for permission to use the song’s name, making “undeserved profits”.
It is not unusual for different songs to have the same name, and the United States Copyright Office lists 177 entries on its website under the title ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’. Since its release on the ‘Merry Christmas’ album in 1994, Mariah Carey’s song has hit the charts in several countries and would have earned the star more than 60 million royalties by 2017. Not to mention, the song was streamed over a billion times on Spotify.
In a recent autobiographical book, Carey admitted that she composed “most of the song on a small, cheap Casio keyboard.”